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of the british people. we need to deliver on that. we are nearly three years on from the original vote. tonight at ten — we're live it sounds so simple — what the prime minister is asking in brussels for a crucial eu summit, for is just a little bit more time, where the talking is still going on to try to break but it's anything but. the deadlock over brexit. she's struggling with disbelief the prime minister arrived here and frustration with a familiar message, and resentment all around at home. urging mps to back her deal, as she prepared to ask fellow leaders for a short brexit delay. but it's the eu's call, not hers. a short delay if mps say yes a short extension would give to the deal might be fine. parliament the time to make a final rely on that? choice that delivers on the result not yet. of the referendum. presidentjuncker, what will you say but the talking has gone on for much to theresa may tonight? longer than planned, are you theresa may? no! as other eu leaders lay laughter. out their conditions for do you expect her... an extension to the brexit process. we can discuss and agree an extension if it's a technical in case of no vote, or no, extension in case of a yes vote on the agreement we negotiated i mean directly it will guide during two years. in case of no vote, or no, directly, everybody to a no deal, for sure. it will guide everybody earlier this evening, to a no deal, for sure. eu leaders did suggest that an extension could be granted to 22 may, not the three months the speaker of the house the prime minister had wanted. of commons telling us
that he doesn't want a new vote, but discussions on that are ongoing. jean—claude juncker saying he doesn't want a new deal, we'll have the latest from brussels. also on the programme tonight... so the normal door to get out alesha macphail, raped of this situation is nearly gone, and murdered by a 16—year—old so we are more in the fire exit on the isle of bute. looking to find a solution. her killer is jailed for at least 27 years after finally admitting his crimes. it's her problem that we are where rescuers struggle to reach we are, it's because too many people thousands still stranded by floodwaters in mozambique, have so far played party politics on this issue and my hope is that after last week's tropical cyclone. of course the uk parliament next more than 1000 square week will do the sensible thing miles are underwater. and vote yes. new zealand's prime minister announces a ban on all types there's still huge resistance of semi—automatic weapons to the deal that's been and assault rifles after last week's mosque attacks that voted down twice — from those who want another left 50 people dead. referendum, pulling a stunt in brussels today, and some commentator: zaynutdinov has of the support that was there for gone and scored again! and beaten by kazakhstan — the deal now slipping away at home. a humiliating defeat for scotland in the euro 2020 qualifiers. i think there's a number of us who moved our position last week and coming up on sportsday on bbc news... to vote for the deal who are now it's a two—goal advantage, saying everything is back as chelsea women win their champions league quarter—final on the table, the situation has first leg against paris st—germain. changed, the prime minister has asked for a delay. many of us do not want a delay,
we want us to keep our word to the british people. there's some outrage too, though, after the prime minister pointed the finger at parliament last night, upsetting the place she needs onside. all of you are doing your best. this should not be and i'm sure will not prove to be a matter of any controversy whatsoever. good evening from brussels, where the talking at this crucial eu there is no escape from summit is still going on tonight, as theresa may tries to persuade the controversy, though. brexit is of the greatest fellow leaders to grant a short importance, and the greatest delay in the brexit process. source of division. tensions are rising, the labour leader in brussels too, with just eight days to go to the set date for the uk's a shadow negotiation of a sort. departure from the eu. we're therefore looking theresa may came here with a request for alternatives and building for a three—month delay, 00:02:38,979 --> 2147483051:38:04,204 but eu leaders have considered 2147483051:38:04,204 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 a range of possible extensions — a majority in parliament that can agree on a future constructive economic relationship with the european union. we've been discussing how this could come about and we've been trying to reach out here. easier than it sounds. after nearly three years of this, the prime minister finally perhaps looks like she's among friends,
but the scale of the political challenge is a clear and urgent foe. there is another chapter in this almost never—ending plot. hours after the decision was expected, still we wait. even the choice about the brexit delay is itself running late. still we wait, laura is with me and katya added to —— katya adler, our europe editor too. what signals are we getting? eu leaders have perhaps had a cold shower of reality. until tonight they've really wanted to believe that brexit deal they spent to years negotiating with the prime minister would somehow managed to scrape through parliament, but when the prime minister spoke to them this afternoon she was unable to provide them with any concrete reassu ra nces provide them with any concrete reassurances that would indeed be the case next week, and it's then
that i think that unity, that eu leaders have been so proud of until now during the brexit process, really began to fray. because as we've said all along they want to avoid a no—deal brexit and suddenly that reality, or that possible reality, was staring them in the face as of next friday, and they've been arguing in there then as to what do we do now, what kind of extension should we grant, for how long, under which conditions, and we've just seen draft new conclusions were so just going to say this is not 100% certain, but if this is true, you know, if these are then confirmed by the leaders, we've seen a softening of stunts because remember when they were coming in this evening they were sounding quite hard line. we'll only grant a short extension, if the brexit deal is approved by parliament next week. now what it looks like as they are offering an unconditional extension, so offering an unconditional extension, so the deal doesn't need to be approved by parliament, and the uk has up until the 12th of april to try and get this deal through somehow. if the deal is then passed,
then the uk would have up until the 22nd of may to get all the necessary legislation through, the 22nd of may because on the 23rd, there are elections for the uk parliament that the uk wouldn't be taking part in —— elections for the eu parliament. if the prime minister seized by the 11th of may there is no way to get the deal through she has until that date to signal to the eu what she wa nts to date to signal to the eu what she wants to do, perhaps asking for a longer extension. that's a lot to ta ke longer extension. that's a lot to take on board. what are you picking up take on board. what are you picking up from take on board. what are you picking upfrom mrs take on board. what are you picking up from mrs may's team? the talks are very fluid. in the finest summit tradition when something goes on for a long time it means the leaders are finding it very difficult to agree and don't forget, theresa may isn't in the room. this is a decision for the 27 leaders, a sign of things to come. the uk on the outside rather than the inside of the room. this is of the upmost importance for her because her primary mission is prime minister is to get brexit done without some kind of huge
disruption, and i think eu leaders are right to conclude that there is i'io are right to conclude that there is no confidence at the top of government that this vote, this deal, will finally go through any time soon, exactly as katya has been saying and in that context a nude deadline doesn't necessarily —— a new deadline doesn't necessarily change much. even after tonight's drama, the prime ministerwill change much. even after tonight's drama, the prime minister will be confronted with the same problem. n0 sound we've obviously lost the lines to brussels. let's go on with some of the other day's news concerning the situation in brussels at the moment. the ministry of defence has confirmed that it has set up an operations room to deal with the effects of a potential no—deal brexit. the ministry said it was part of preparations already announced. and, separately, there's been considerable alarm within the business community, that the uk could leave the eu without a formal deal. the confederation of british industry, along with the trades union congress,
have both said that leaving without a deal would be a "national emergency". our business correspondent emma simpson has been to cardiff to find out what small businesses there make of the options facing the uk. radio: this is bbc radio five live. theresa may will ask eu leaders to postpone brexit for three months... this small catering company is following every brexit twist and turn. we decided, instead of buying sandwiches, we would actually... the boss told me an awful lot is riding on what the politicians finally deliver. if we have a no deal, i really wouldn't like to say where we will be in three months' time. 0rfour months' time, orfive months' time. i think we need to have stability. we need to know what's happening. and it may be that price rises will come down the horizon, whatever, but if all of a sudden there's mayhem, we can't pass it on, and we can't absorb it. across town, small businesses
gather for advice on how to prepare for brexit. how will that affect your business? so, what's the mood here? hands up if your business is prepared for a no—deal brexit. ok, that's interesting. hands up if you want a three—month delay, but no more. and no more is the thing, not necessarily three months. and finally, hands up if you're just completely fed up. a decision — that's what we're after. absolute chaos. if they don't have a plan, i don't know how we can have a plan. every business here is different. we caught up with paul back at his plant. he makes metal casings and is about to spend £250,000 on new machinery, whatever happens.
we look at it, not on brexit as a whole is a positive, but i think we will try and take the positives from it. there is no point in lying awake worrying about brexit. plenty of small business owners are worried, but what they all want is brexit to be clear—cut. emma simpson, bbc news, cardiff. those discussions among eu leaders are continuing late into the night in brussels. we'll go back to their inner moment but right now the rest of the day ‘s news. a 16—year—old boy who abducted, raped and murdered six—year—old alesha macphail on the isle of bute last july, has been sentenced to a minimum of 27 years behind bars. aaron campbell denied killing the little girl during his trial, but finally admitted his crimes afterwards. the judge said the 16—year—old showed "a staggering lack of remorse" for what he'd done. a warning — lorna gordon's report contains some distressing details. hey, guys, it's alesha... six—year—old alesha macphail —
"a beautiful, smart, funny and kind girl", said her family, who've been left devastated and heartbroken by her death. her killer, aaron campbell, today admitted he raped and murdered the little girl. thejudge, who'd previously lifted a ban on naming campbell, said the 16—year—old was a cold, calculating and dangerous individual who, throughout the trial, had shown no emotion, no remorse. when you saw alesha, your reaction, according to you, was as follows, and i quote, "all i thought about was killing her once i saw her." last summer, alesha had been visiting her father and grandparents on the isle of bute. campbell stole into their flat, while the family were sleeping. he carried the little girl away, brutalised her and killed her. the court also heard distressing details of campbell's mindset, that when he saw alesha in her bed that night, he saw a moment of opportunity. you said that alesha was drowsy
and became a bit more awake when you went outside. at one point, she asked who you were and where you were going. you said you were a friend of her father's, and that you were taking her home. you are completely lacking in victim empathy. alesha's family said when their little girl's future was taken, so was theirs. the macphail family and georgina's family, it's not a 27—year sentence, it's a life sentence. they will never, ever, ever be the same again. campbell will serve a minimum of 27 years in jail. the judge warned that he viewed campbell's possible rehabilitation and reintegration back into society as remote. lorna gordon, bbc news, at the high court in glasgow. police searching for the missing hull university student, libby squire, have confirmed that a body recovered from the humber estuary is hers. humberside police said the body was discovered near grimsby docks
on tuesday afternoon. the 21—year—old was last seen in the early hours of the ist of february after a night out. aid agencies say hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by the tropical cyclone which hit south eastern africa last week, leaving huge swathes of land completely flooded. whole towns and villages have been submerged. the disasters emergency committee has launched an appeal to get aid to those most in need. 0xfam says that an area of almost 1200 square miles is now under water. 0ur africa editor, fergal keane has been with rescue teams trying to reach people still stranded near the coast of mozambique. a town separated from its country. buzi is now an island... ..its people marooned on rooftops. today, the country's president visited. filipe nyusi saw for himself the wretched conditions of his people.
"the first thing we're going to do is rescue people from the water," he said, "so that they do not die." there was a small hand—out of food aid, too small for so many, with inevitable frustration. we joined a rescue team approaching buzi from the water, from where the river pungwe burst its banks. within a few minutes, we saw the first survivors, calling to us from the shore. the rescuers are from the indian navy, training in the region when the cyclone struck. these people had been waiting a week to be rescued. "we were in the water for four days", said this man. "we've lost our houses. we moved to a safer place so that we could be rescued." day after day, several times a day, the indian navy is carrying out
these rescue missions and finding people in a desperate condition. you have to ask yourself, what would happen if they weren't here? we passed localfishing boats loaded with survivors, but there are too few of them are many fishermen have lost their homes. once back on land in beira, there's medical care for the old and for the young. numerous people are suffering from foot infections, caused by standing too long in water. somejust sitting in the blazing heat, exhausted by days of suffering. from the air too, more rescues. these south african teams have been working from dawn till dusk to snatch marooned people. this was the scene at the stadium in buzi, and again, the limits of what's possible to achieve with still such limited resources. we carried on until we reached the first damaged buildings of buzi, the people camped on rooftops.
and here, those who'd heard that rescue was coming, crowded onto the banks. it's impossible to know how many people are waiting in there for rescue. the navy can now only take 28 and there is a much greater need than that. mothers push their children to safety. wherever they were going had to be better than this. disaster on all... disaster on all sides? all sides. but at least she was getting out. as we pulled away, others pleaded to be taken. the old woman was brought aboard. we saw the indian navy rescue 67 people along the river, but as others are left behind, the sailors will be back tomorrow and for days to come. fergal keane, bbc news,
on the pungwe river, mozambique. donald trump has said it's time to recognise israeli sovereignty over the occupied golan heights, a move that would overturn decades of us policy. israel captured the territory from syria in 1967. the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, said mr trump had made history. barbara plett—usher is injerusalem. 0n the face of it, a big moment? yes, while we were waiting for the israeli prime minister and the us secretary of state to come out and speak to us, we all saw the tweet and it seems like a big moment. both men called the moment historic. it is historic because for decades the united states and most of the rest of the world have called the golan israeli—occupied territory because the idea is you can't keep the territory you capture, you have to negotiate its fate. now mr trump has overturned that. why? he says.
security and strategic read sense, and for that he means iran. they believe iran is targeting israel from syria and the golan heights are in effect the front line. this raises questions of international law because mr trump is basically endorsing or at least accepting the seizure of territory. by what moral authority, then, will he be able to criticise others that do so, like russia with crimea ? criticise others that do so, like russia with crimea? that is the big picture and there are other questions about how this might impact the delicate balance in the region. barbara, thank you. the home secretary has condemned last night's attacks on five mosques in birmingham. it's thought a sledgehammer was used to smash windows. sajid javid called the vandalism "deeply concerning and distressing". west midlands police says it believes the incidents are linked. counter terrorism officers have been brought in to help the investigation. sima kotecha reports. cctv footage given to us by one mosque appears to show it being vandalised.
three other mosques, just miles apart, also had their windows smashed with a sledgehammer overnight. then this morning, at around 10am, another was targeted. the police, along with the local crime commissioner, spoke to the media this afternoon. what has happened last night i suspect is probably partly after the dreadful events in christchurch, and that somebody now has chosen to try and repeat some of those things in this country. they will not be allowed to succeed, and the determination here is absolutely 100%, and will be 100%, i'm sure, across the whole of the country. speaking to people in birmingham's large muslim community, there is a real sense of vulnerability after what's happened here today. some are now saying they no longer want to bring their children to mosques like this one, because they don't feel safe. it's very scary, especially with families and children, so we don't know what's going to happen next.
so, we hope that the authorities will investigate and they will do something, you know? it's unclear what the motive for the attacks was, although all five are believed to be linked. the counterterrorism unit is now involved in the investigation. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. new zealand's prime minister, jacinda ardern, has announced that all types of semi—automatic weapons and assault rifles will be banned in the country, following the christchurch terror attacks. 50 people were killed at two mosques, allegedly by a lone gunman. it's now been a week, in new zealand, since the attacks. clive myrie is in christchurch. clive? yes, the prime minister said that she would want to see swift action on gun controls and she seems to be delivering. all the weapons used in the attack on those mosques,
including on the al noor mosque, they will be banned in three weeks. military style assault weapons ban, semiautomatic assault weapons ban, there will be an amnesty for people to hand them in and the government has set aside millions of dollars for a buy—back scheme. hunters and farmers and pest control experts, they will be exempt. actually come opposition to this move has been muted really over the last few days because of the severe nature of the attacks that took place here. meanwhile, on this day exactly a week since those attacks, there will bea week since those attacks, there will be a two—minute silence observed right across the country. the call to play will be broadcast live on television and the final 30 or so bodies of those who perished in the ataxia, they will be laid to rest. something like many people will be coming here and on this holy day in
the muslim week, they will be praying. thank you. football, and northern ireland and scotland have kicked off their euro 2020 campaigns. this evening northern ireland beat estonia 2—0. earlier, scotland went down to a shock 3—0 defeat in kazakhstan. andy swiss was watching the action. they travelled 3,000 miles across six time zones for this. fair to say, they may know wish they hadn't, as scotland's long trip to kazakhstan ended in utter humiliation. the hosts are nearly 80 places below the scots in the world rankings, and yet ran rings around their supposedly superiors, 2—0 up afterjust ten minutes. before kazakhstan's joy was completed and scotland's misery. "horrible" was how manager alexander mcleish later described it, a calamitous start to their campaign. hoping for rather better were northern ireland, as they faced estonia.
but the early signs weren't particularly encouraging. paddy mcnair somehow missing the seemingly unmissable, and didn't he just know it? but come the second half, finally frustration turned to elation. he fired the hosts ahead... before estonia's defensive desperation gifted them a penalty. stephen davies rounding off a 2—0 win for northern ireland, and a night of very contrasting fortunes. andy swiss, bbc news. let's go back to brussels now where eu leaders talks on brexit have finally ended, hours later than expected. huw is there. indeed, that is right. thanks very much. donald tusk, the president of the european council a few moments
ago on social media confirming the talks had come to an end and he said the 27 eu member states had unanimously agreed on their response to the uk's request and is now going to the uk's request and is now going to meet theresa may. lots of the other leaders are leaving the talks but theresa may will stay to see donald tusk and a few others. katya adler and laura kuenssberg still with me. what do we understand about what they have agreed? the unanimity, all 27 eu leaders have agreed that is important. by eu law, they will have to agree on a potential extension. in the lassi is, they have looked into the abyss ofa is, they have looked into the abyss of a possible no—deal brexit next friday. they didn't like it. they listen to the prime ministerjust didn't believe her the brexit deal would definitely pass next week in parliament. whereas before they said they would only grant a short extension, if the brexit deal would be passed next week they would
change that. they are allowing the uk until april to either get the brexit deal passed over theresa may to say what else could have an author parliament to decide. so a little breathing space but the 12th of april is not long? not at all. it's slightly lessens the acute nature of the dilemma between the eu and the uk but i am not sure that this actually lessens the acuteness of the political dilemma at home. where theresa may is under enormous pressure from the two sides of her warring conservative party with no easy way out whatsoever. she will go home tomorrow with, i suppose, a small success in having managed to get the delay she sought granted to her but that success is a by—product of the overall failure of the government to be able to wrap up this whole messy process in the time they originally wanted to do so. but she will still try to bring the deal back to the hausa commons next week? senior figures in government have said they will only do if they think they can win. at this moment in time, i don't think we can take for granted the factory will bring it back next week. good to talk to both. just a time to get the conclusion in there. katie adler and laura kuenssberg there. newsnight is getting underway on bbc two. here on bbc one, it's time
for the news where you are. hello and welcome to sportsday. i'm sarah mulkerrins. your headlines tonight... scotland are embarrassed in their opening euro 2020 qualifier in kazakhstan. a much better night though for chelsea women in their champions league quarter final with psg. and england midfielder declan rice apologises for a pro—ira comment he made on social media three years ago. people are still maturing at that age and you are in conversations with friends that you can get giddy
and you say things that maybe you do not know enough about. hello, and welcome to sportsday. welcome along, good evening. not such a good one though for scotland. alex mcleish‘s side were abject in their euro 2020 qualification opener. they lost 3—0 to kazachstan, a side ranked 117th in the world, a team who have only won two of their last 20 qualifers. craig templeton watched the action. scotland's qualifying campaign bond gone a long way from home and 3000 miles —— 4000 miles from edinburgh but still at and forced. early patterns of freight were done by
kaza khsta n yellow. patterns of freight were done by kazakhstan yellow. and they found a whole and scottish defence. it was about to get worse and once more at the path to scotland's goal easy to find and it was too easy to find and it was 2—0 afterjust ten minutes. 0nly it was 2—0 afterjust ten minutes. only the agility did not become three before half time. but the interval brought no change and soon it was three, left lurking and you can